[act-ma] SUNDAY: End the US – Saudi War in Yemen: A Discussion with Shireen Al-Adeimi

Cole Harrison rozziecole at gmail.com
Wed Apr 25 13:57:01 PDT 2018

 End the US – Saudi War in Yemen: A Discussion with Shireen Al-Adeimi
Sunday April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Harvard-Epworth Methodist Church, 1555 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
Near Harvard Law School - Come to Side Door and Ring Bell for Basement
Yemeni civilians are dying by the thousands in a Saudi-led attack enabled
by American weapons and logistical support. Here is your chance to find out
the history of the Yemeni conflict; the extent of the humanitarian crisis
there, and what you can do to bring the bloodshed to an end. Yemeni
activist and Harvard scholar Shireen Al-Adeimi offers a first-hand account
of the situation on the ground in Yemen, describes the role and motivations
of the various players in this brutal proxy war, and charts a path to peace
and recovery via diplomacy. Her fact-filled presentation will be followed
by a Q&A.

Shireen Al-Adeimi, born in Yemen, raised in Canada and educated in the
United State, is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University. She has
published numerous articles about the crisis in her homeland and has
emerged as one of the foremost voices for peace and reconciliation in that
war-torn country.  Read or watch her interview on Democracy Now on April 24
<https://www.democracynow.org/2018/4/24/us_backed_saudi_airstrikes_kill_at> and
her article “Now is America’s Chance to Stop Waging Brutal War on Yemen

Background: Beginning in 2015, Saudi Arabia, assisted by other autocratic
Gulf states as well as the United States and Britain, has been conducting a
military campaign in Yemen, aimed at ousting the Houthi faction and
installing a more pliable government in the neighboring country. The Saudi
strategy of starving and terrorizing the Yemeni people into submission
involves indiscriminate bombing of civilian targets, including hospitals,
schools and water treatment plants, as well as the blockading of Yemeni

These war crimes – committed largely with weapons purchased from the U.S. –
have resulted in a humanitarian crisis of the first magnitude. In addition
to the many thousands of direct casualties in this one-sided war, hunger
and illness are rife in Yemen, due to the inability to import food and the
destruction of vital infrastructure. The United Nations has declared that
Yemen constitutes “the world’s biggest hunger crisis.” An estimated 130
Yemeni children are dying every day of malnutrition and disease.

Since the Saudi-led intervention began, the U.S. has been providing
intelligence and logistical aid, without which the campaign could not long
continue. This military support, never authorized by Congress, includes
participation in naval blockades, mid-air refueling of coalition aircraft,
targeting assistance and more. Additionally, the U.S. continues to sell
billions of dollars of advanced weapons to coalition states, which will be
used to wreak further havoc on the long-suffering Yemeni population.

In March, the Senate voted down a measure (sponsored by Bernie Sanders,
among others) that would have invoked the War Powers Act to end U.S.
collaboration with the Saudis in waging war against Yemen. While the
resolution did not pass, 44 senators supported it, in defiance of the
formidable Saudi lobby, Trump administration officials and the
military-industrial complex. The Senate vote has helped bring the Yemen war
– which has not received extensive coverage from the mainstream media –
into public awareness and forced legislators to take a stand either for or
against peace and constitutional governance.

The killing continues in Yemen, and the effort to halt the U.S.-Saudi war,
directed largely against defenseless civilians, continues to gain momentum.
Now is the time to take action and to work for peace in the Middle East.
The first step is to learn how our tax dollars are being used, without the
consent of Congress, to inflict destruction and misery on an impoverished
and war-wracked country. By spreading the word, organizing and putting
pressure on our elected representatives, we can bring this brutal, shameful
war to an end and move toward a peaceful resolution of the Yemeni conflict.


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